31 December 2011 – New Year shopping

This morning I’m typing on my new iPad. Yesterday I finally found a laptop for Commando after trolling round every shop in the world and finding all the ones he liked were to of stock. It was a post Christmas present for him using my work bonus and I accidentally bought yself an iPad as well. Luckily I had more money on my Qdos card for bonus than I thought. Bit odd typing on a giant iPhone but nice. Continue reading

7 October 2011 – walking


It was pretty chilly and windy outside but once I’d been walking a while I warmed up. Down by the river the trees are starting to turn. I think in a couple of weeks they are going to look really beautiful. There weren’t too many swans or ducks about this morning. I guess they don’t like the wind very much. I must say I don’t either. Continue reading

22 April 2011 – shopping, not walking


What a busy old day. The girls came round last night and we didn’t get to bed until about 3 am. There were a few drinks and a few bad food choices last night too but I’m sure its nothing in the great scheme of things and I’m not beating myself up about it. We had a fantastic evening and I’m sure all the laughing, plus a little work out on the punch bag, burnt off quite a few calories. Continue reading

4 March 2011 – Spring is in the air


This morning I did just under an hour of Pump it Up as I knew I wouldn’t be doing a long walk. That worked up a good sweat and, after my shower, I walked the three miles into town to the Next home store. The sun was shining, a perfect walking day ironically. It was lovely walking over the Big Bridge with the sun glittering on the water for a change. No swans this far up the river though although we do get the occasional one holding up the traffic on the bridge from time to time. I don’t know why but they always seem to do that in rush hour and cause huge queues of traffic. Perhaps they think it’s funny to sit in the road. Continue reading

11 September 2010 – a rant about clothes sizing

Avoiding the rain in WestQuay

Avoiding the rain in WestQuay

The south coast was wet and dull today. Last night I slept like a log and this morning I rushed through a little light housework and then went for a nice, if wet, walk into town and back. A stroll around WestQuay ended with some size 12 trousers and a nice top that actually fit really well and look nice. Although the designer size 12 jeans I got from eBay fit they are are still a bit too tight and muffin toppy for my liking but I’m working on that. Continue reading

14 August 2014 – shopping for pants



• Exercise: 1010
• Consumed: 1201

Today I walked into town to burn some calories and to look for rucksacks while I was at it. After a bit of a hunt I found a nifty little sports rucksack with padded straps so I can load it up with my bags of sand for my next walk. It has nice strong straps too so it should hold up ok and not cut into my shoulders either. After that I treated myself to some fancy pants in Debenhams. These were a bit of an extravagance, being proper designer ones from Jasper Conran and Ted Baker but they were size 14 and silk. the height of decadence but it really was about time because my old ones are so big now they keep falling down. Luckily I live in trousers really or it could have been embarrassing. Imagine if those huge knickers had ended up round my ankles in the street! The pants weren’t cheap either but, after all the effort I’ve made to lose weight I think I deserve a treat and a pants treat is way better than a food treat. Continue reading

6 December 2009 – a Christmas Shopping debacle

Christmas shopping madness

Christmas shopping madness

Now Mini Commando’s birthday is over and done with it’s time to think about Christmas. Shopping for presents to be precise. Seems to me Christmas would be so much nicer if we didn’t have to do the present thing. Everyone goes out and spends loads of money they don’t really have to buy people things they don’t really want. Wouldn’t it just be more sensible to each buy ourselves a present?

Sadly that’s not the way it works so this morning we went into town. Sunday seemed like the best day to do it, we thought it would be quieter. Turns out shopping in town this close to Christmas, even on a Sunday, is a bad idea. Mini Commando was after a play station game, one of those shooting everything that moves, stealing cars type of things. It’ll probably turn him into a delinquent but he is twenty now so at least he won’t be a juvenile delinquent.

Game was like an asylum, hardly room to move there were so many smelly, raggedy looking teenaged boys bouncing around pouncing on games and so many parents with glazed eyes wandering listlessly looking totally lost. I was one of the latter. It took me ages to find the stupid game and when I did the queues were so long I almost wished I hadn’t. The queues moved so slowly I felt as if I was going backwards and then the skinny lad behind the counter with the piercings and tattoos glanced at the box and said, “not sure we have any more of these in stock.”

What’s the point of having the empty boxes on the shelves if you don’t have the actual games to fill them? He handed the box to another lad, or it may have been a girl I couldn’t really tell, with purple spiky hair and he or she went off to have a look. About four hours later the purple haired one came back with the box, complete with game inside. “You’re lucky, that’s the last one,” he or she mumbled.

It was the only present I bought. By the time I got out of the shop all I wanted todo was go home and have a lie down. Goodness know where Commando had been but he had lots of mysterious looking carrier bags. Somehow I think I got the short straw.